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“I really enjoy bringing people together, and I think we all will be better served by bringing a stronger sense of community,” she said.
Kurt said the city has been on a learning curve along with residents. When it began planning a street reconstruction project in Morningside, it was the neighborhood association that called the city and said, “Hey, you need to talk to us.”
“It was an educational moment,” she said with a laugh.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department wants to partner with neighborhood associations to help host winter events in area parks, she said. In Countryside, residents were involved in the redesign of a park.
In September, about 30 people attended the city’s neighborhood organizing workshop, and information on the neighborhood page on the city’s website is getting deeper.
Kurt said she feels that, little by little, the move to associations is gaining momentum.
“Folks are asking a lot of great questions, and we have these pockets where people are talking about it,” she said. “I feel like maybe we will be able to match [the number of new associations early] next year.”
The city’s neighborhood website is at: http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=about_neighborhoods.
Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380